The Student Council is an organization which allows communication from the student body to the school, offering students the ability to voice their opinions and take part in improving Sha Tin College as a whole. Council members serve for two years, beginning their first year as part of the Apprentice Cabinet. This structure allows new members to familiarize themselves with the daily operations of the Council, such as meeting times and respective responsibilities, and be ready to succeed the General Cabinet the following year.
There are a total of twelve people within the Student Council. Each Cabinet consists of five roles, which are undertaken by six people: the Chair, two Vice-Chairs, the Secretary, the Chief of Communications and the Treasurer. These positions are chosen through student elections – candidates undergo an application process, ending with an overall vote from the student body. The Student Council is also assisted by other members of the student body, notably representatives of the PTA and the newly formed Media Team. The Council’s representative on the ESF Student Board is Henry Lui.
The Student Council values transparency between themselves and the student body. As such, the Council has explored many ways to expand and develop communication, such as the implementation of an online suggestion box within the Smart website last year, which has provided an additional platform for the student body to communicate and express their valuable opinions and ideas towards the Student Council. Minutes are now also available online for the student body to review upon.
Student cards are essential as it gives students a sense of identity, not only with the school, but also within the society. It allows students to beneﬁt from discounts and student-exclusive offers in shops and cinemas, which will ultimately result in vast savings. Unfortunately, the current student cards that are currently issued in our school is simply a flimsy sheet of paper, with information tucked within a plastic pocket. The simplistic design of the student cards has been proven to not be viable, as many shops and organisations tend to question the legitimacy of the cards, and in Hong Kong’s world renowned humid weather, these paper cards have the tendency to permanently attach itself to the plastic cover, which makes the information on the card have also been rendered illegible. As a result, the Student Council felt the urgency to improve the student cards to avoid such events from ever happening again, we have decided to implement PVC cards for the next school year, and by implementing these new cards for our Sha Tin College Student Cards, we can ensure a certain degree of durability and a significant improvement of the legitimacy of the student card.
One of the ways in which we plan to promote transparency through the Student Council is through our SMART page, which we will be significantly upgrading this year. There will be a suggestion box on our SMART page for students to use in order to voice their opinions and inform the Council of any problems they are facing. Also, we are planning to make our meeting minutes a lot more transparent by allowing all students access to our meeting plans and achievements after every session.
The Student Council has been working hard to upgrade student facilities and to ensure students get the best experience in Shatin as possible. Thus, in collaboration with many teaching staff and school bodies, the Student Council is happy to announce that our Wi-Fi systems have been upgraded in March to ensure better quality internet browsing for all students and staff!